Vocabulary lesson 28

Definitions and samples

  • sneer (v. & n.) to smile in a mean, mocking, or sarcastic way

- The wrestlers sneer at each other across the ring before the match begins.

  • similar (adj.) of the same kind in appearance, character, or quantity, without being identical

- You can also get more information by comparing figures for similar companies.

  • summary (n.) a brief statement of the main points of something

- The following day, read the summary before you start your 15 minutes of reading.

  • usage (n.) the action of using something or the fact of being used

- Among the study's many other findings, women and smokers had significantly lower rates of drug usage.

  • vertical (adj.) pointing up in a line that forms an angle of 90° with a flat surface

- In newspapers, the layout of the columns is vertical, while the rows run across the page horizontally.

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